Dannah Dennis

Dannah Dennis
Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow

Dannah Dennis is a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at NYU Shanghai. Her research focuses on the social and political anthropology of Nepal and South Asia. She has recently published articles on the politics of urban infrastructure in Kathmandu and on the nationalist significance of Nepali claims to Buddha’s birthplace, along with a piece of ethnographic fiction exploring the obligations of relationship in transnational Nepali middle-class families.

Dr. Dennis's field work for her dissertation, "Nepali First: Citizenship and Nationalism in a New Secular Republic," was funded by the WennerGren Foundation. She was awarded a Senior Humanities Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers to begin fieldwork for a project which is tentatively titled "Bureaucratizing Equality: Nepal's Civil Service in Transition." She is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.


  • PhD, Anthropology
    University of Virginia